Skip to main content

Reply to this post | See parent post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 19, 2011 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin: the Post-Retirement Years [long]

Not very familiar with post 85' output,but listened to every version between 80'-85' and found these to be outstanding performances.

80'
1/13, 3/31, 9/2, 9/25
81'
3/2, 5/4, 5/8,10/8
82'
2/20, 4/14, 7/27, 8/7, 8/28, 9/12, 9/15,
83'
3/25, 5/14, 6/18, 9/10, 10/21
84'
6/9, 6/24, 7/7,
85'
3/12, 4/13, 4/28, 9/2, 9/12

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: utopian Date: May 20, 2011 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin: the Post-Retirement Years [long]

1-13-80 this is one of my favorite shows ever

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-01-13.sbd.miller.106517.flac16

One of my most visited shows. This one has it all for me and has
converted many to believe. The band is locked into a groove for this scorcher. Reminds me more of the heyday of fall 79 than the rest of 80 which seemed more homogenized and settled than the blistering fall 79 run.
Don't remember a hotter three song opener, seemed like they were trying to pack it into this shorter benefit show. Beautiful jack>franklins> minglewood. LL rain is as good as it gets, playin gets out there. Nfa is long and improvised with help from the guests.

Yea I just really love this one, thanx.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: light into ashes Date: May 19, 2011 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin: the Post-Retirement Years [long]

I liked the 3/2/81 and 2/20/82 versions a lot, they were upbeat & engaging.
I noticed that from '81 on, Weir has a much more metallic guitar sound; not really to my taste, but it changes the flavor of the jam and he seems to step up a lot more with his slashes & reverb. By '84 some of those Playing jams are downright surly & aggressive.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 19, 2011 11:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin: the Post-Retirement Years [long]

I hear you LIA,Bob's 80's sound is fairly grating,Phil is drunk,Brent is annoying,Micky plods along,Jerry is in a creative and drug induced stupor,but Playin' somehow maintains it's dignity.It is in fact the only truly improvisational piece the band played over it's last 20 years.I hear moments of genuine discovery and interplay on some of those 80's versions that are unique and exciting,and while not on the level of the better versions of the 70's still stand as a testament to the bands ability to create high quality improvisational music.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: bkidwell Date: May 19, 2011 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Playin: the Post-Retirement Years [long]

Thanks a lot for sharing your recommendations. Some of those I am familiar with (or have in my notes at least!) but some I haven't heard - listening to 6/9/84 Cal Expo and really digging it right now!